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Maintaining Your Locks & Gates

Many problems with locks can be avoided simply with regular maintanence.

Over time the locks internal mechanism may pick up dirt and grime which can build up inside and eventually lead to a lock out or adversly affect its operation.

You will allways find that the insides of new locks will have been lubricated with engineers grease. This is to prevent the lock from drying up and sticking. However over long periods of time, this grease will dry up and the lock will become suseptible to jamming and not engaging the pins, levers and any of the moving parts.

How old are your locks?

This is why Topgrade recommends that you lubricate the lock once every two months to prevent this from happening. More if it is a high usage door – for example a communal entrance door to a block of flats.

Simply spray WD40 or similer lubricant into the key holes on both sides of the lock. A spray directly down the side of the bolt will also help keep the throw action working. Please take a moment to look at diagram 1.

Following these instructions can extend the life of your locks!

Secured By Design

“Secured by Design is the UK Police flagship initiative supporting the principles of “designing out crime” by use of effective crime prevention and security standards for a range of applications. ”
(C) Taken from Secured By Design Website. Copyright Acknowledged

This website has a host of excellent security advice for the home and business property owner. Developed with the police, Secured By Design is a must read for anyone considering upgrading there security.

Secured By Design Home Security Guide (PDF file)

Master Locksmiths Association

“The best advice that you can receive when you are in a quandary concerning security is, “Contact your local MLA Approved Company. These MLA licensed locksmith companies have the skill and integrity to deal with most problems.”
– From the MLA website. (Copyright Acknowledged.)

The Master Locksmiths Association is a nonprofit orgainisation set up to promote a high standard of workmanship, materials and conduct of locksmithing. All members of the MLA are vetted and tested to a very high standard.

Topgrade Security is a company member of the MLA.
Ken Kay, Director of Topgrade, is a personal member of the MLA.

MLA Guidelines To Security (PDF file)